Nigeria senators demand probe of toll gate attack

The senator representing Lagos west in the National Assembly, Gbenga Ashafa, attended the vigil

Nigerian lawmakers have called on the government to investigate the killing of four people and wounding of 24 at a toll gate in Lagos state.

The Reverend Peter Adeboye, chairman of a judicial panel investigating the incident, described the killing as “a massacre”.

“It is unfortunate that the tragedy could unfold to such an extent because we were not expecting such kind of assault in this part of the world,” said the senator representing Lagos west in the National Assembly, Gbenga Ashafa.

The attack took place at Lekki-Ajah toll gate in June, but only became public after it was reported by residents at a vigil on Sunday.

“When the toll gate was being built they gave the assurance that it would not become a source of destruction, however, that was not the case,” said Peter Dadeghirimi, who lost his two young sons.

The Bishop and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Kolawole Adeboye, and Pastor Enoch Adeboye, chairman of the Adeboye Leadership Foundation, both attended the vigil.

Police are investigating the incident, which has created apprehension about security in Nigeria.

More than 20 people were killed last year in the city of Benin on a highway used by prostitutes seeking work in the city.

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